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Sentinel node biopsy in gastrointestinal-tract cancer

Item Type:Review
Title:Sentinel node biopsy in gastrointestinal-tract cancer
Creators Name:Schlag, P.M. and Bembenek, A. and Schulze, T.
Abstract:Forty three years after Gould's first description of the sentinel lymph node (SN) technique in malignant tumours of the parotid, sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has become an invaluable tool for the treatment of solid tumours. In some tumour types, it has been shown to reliably reflect the lymph node (LN) status of the tumour-draining LN basin. In melanoma and breast cancers, it has become a widely accepted element in the routine surgical management of these malignant diseases. In gastrointestinal tumours, the technique is currently under intense investigation. First reports on its application in other solid tumours like non-small cell lung cancer, thyroid carcinoma, oropharyngeal carcinoma, vulvar carcinoma, and Merkel Cell carcinoma of the skin were published more recently. In the following review, we will give a synopsis of the fundamentals of the SN concept and will then proceed to an overview of recent advances of SLNB in gastrointestinal cancers.
Keywords:Anus Neoplasms, Colorectal Neoplasms, Esophageal Neoplasms, Gastrointestinal Neoplasms, Lymph Nodes, Lymphatic Metastasis, Pancreatic Neoplasms, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Stomach Neoplasms
Source:European Journal of Cancer
ISSN:0959-8049
Publisher:Pergamon Press (U.K.)
Volume:40
Number:14
Page Range:2022-2032
Date:September 2004
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2004.04.033
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